This recent piece in the New York Times, "For New Doctors, 8 Minutes Per Patient," discussed in detail one of the most pressing concerns and strains facing healthcare providers today. The highlight quote of the article for us at Physicians Angels is as follows:
"The dramatic decrease in time spent with patients compared with previous generations appears to be linked to new constraints young doctors now face, most notably duty hour limits and electronic medical record-keeping. The study found, for example, that interns now spend almost half their days in front of a computer screen, more than they do with patients, since most documentation must be done electronically."
The article goes on to highlight studies showing lower patient satisfaction and outcomes suffering as a result of doctors having less time to interact with patients. While this New York Times piece highlights not only the challenges providers face with EMR data entry -- but with the broader, potential negative consequences of less time and increased distractions during patient care -- we feel it makes our argument for us about using medical scribes.
Medical scribes will reduce significantly the amount of time you spend staring at a computer screen, and allow you to focus on the patient during the exam room encounter. For reasons pointed in the above cited articles, having a scribe to manage your EMR data in real-time helps not only with patient volume, but with patient satisfaction, error reduction, and "staying sharp" as a highly-trained and expert diagnostician and patient care provider.